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HISTORY   AtsfD    HUMAN    RELATIONS

cleat that our leaders made the best possible bargain
for the cause of independent history, a cause for which
(in any case of default) it may happen that brother mil'
have to fight brother.

We are now following the practice of the Germans in
their days of victory and securing that weŚnot theyŚ
shall control that most subtle of all historical tasks, the
selection of such of the diplomatic documents of the
defeated Power as we shall allow to be published to the
world. The Americans have produced on their own
account a volume of these German documents relating
to Nazi-Soviet Relations in 1939, and the book in two
prefaces which are worded with extreme care and
delicacy makes its bid to appear as the'work of "in-
dependent " historians, a point concerning which there
is a tendency sometimes to protest too much. The
elements of policy in the commanding of this special
series of documents at the time at which it was pro-
duced make it necessary to suggest (as one of those
delicate matters which seem small but are really pivotal)
that the term *c independent historian " is in danger of
undergoing a subtle change of meaning in our time.
It is just by gradations of this sort that one would fear
to see the situation deteriorate. It is just such hints
of an inclination to compliance which justify our asking
whether the official historians are fighting as unremit-
tingly as we should wish and fighting always on our side.

We easily recognise fallacy and foolishness in the
foreigner, and a useful way in which we can test either
our own integrity or the wisdom of a technical measure
is to remember what our reactions are when the parallel

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